We review Chris McCormack’s favourite energy gel – Clif Shot.

Clif Shot Gel
£1.29 each
www.clifbar.com, www.2pure.co.uk

Swallowing an energy gel is normally a ‘grin and bear it’ situation, but these ones are surprisingly pleasant tasting. They’ve been popular in the US for a while, and now they’re being distributed in the UK. They’re endorsed by multiple world champion Chris “Macca” McCormack and his mugshot even appears on his favourite flavour, the Double Expresso.  We preferred the chocolate flavour, as it tastes more like the inside of a Ferrero Rocher than an energy gel. Nutritionally it’s not perfect – it doesn’t have the 2:1 ratio of dextrose to fructose that science suggests is best, although there are other flavours in the range that do.  Having said that though, they all taste great and they’re 100% organic, so when you’re feeling rubbish in a race they come as a welcome treat rather than something you force down with a grimace.

Verdict
Surprisingly tasty energy gels that you won’t mind gulping down at your next race.
Performance 4/5
Value 4/5
Overall 4/5

This review was originally published in Triathlon Plus magazine. Save time and money by having every issue delivered to your door or digital device by subscribing to the print edition or buying digitally through Zinio or Apple Newsstand.

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